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Carol warns of Social Security phone call scam

By Carol Salato Myers

WARNING!!! Please read this. I know it's lengthy. but you need to be aware. I received a call that I first missed, but returned. A man answered saying, "Social Security Administration."

He told me my SSN had been compromised, and he would have to invalidate it. He said something about a "legal enforcement action." I asked if this was a scam, and he assured me it was not.

He said, "You mean your police department hasn't contacted you?" I said they had not. I asked if I needed to contact them, and he said I should. He gave me his name, badge number and an ID Case Number.

He said he needed to ask questions to verify if I was who he was talking to. He then asked for my birth date.

I said, "Before I give you any information, I think I need to contact the police department." THEN, I hear a 'click!' He had hung up.

I immediately called the police department and was told the SSA would never contact me via phone. I told the officer I think I knew that but was caught off guard. He said there was a lot of this kind of thing going around.

I then called the Social Security office here.

An automated voice gave me the email for the Inspector General's office. I have already reported it. I had written down EVERYTHING, so I had lots of information to report.

PLEASE, be aware of this!!!!! It was frightening.

Next time, get their number and report it to - I'm glad I did.

This story was posted on 2020-09-03 07:42:38
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